The Chesterfield Royal Hospital took to social media this week asking staff to work extra so it could staff its new ’emergency’ ward.
Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust took to Facebook on New Year’s Day asking for qualified nurses, healthcare assistants and care support workers who could work extra shifts starting immediately.
The trust admitted that the post was in response to the busiest New Year’s Day the had ever seen with unprecedented amounts of “people needing to stay in hospital for urgent medical care” – explaining that they had the ability to open an ’emergency’ ward but needed staff to open it.
Finally, the trust thanked the staff who were already working Christmas and New Year for their hard work and dedication.
The Facebook statement
In their statement on Facebook the Trust said:
“Can you help by offering to work? It’s an unusual New Year’s Day appeal but we’re seeking qualified nurses, health care assistants and care support workers who could work extra shifts starting from this evening. It’s in response to the busiest January 1 we’re experiencing – probably on record. Patient admissions are at high levels with people needing to stay in hospital for urgent medical care.
We have the ability to use beds on our ’emergency’ ward – Portland – which is ready for use, if we can get staff in to support it. It’s much better to run additional beds with our own expert nursing and care teams, to make sure that even with this level of demand our patients will get the best possible care from experienced staff who know the hospital.
If you can help by working, especially at late notice tonight, call the switchboard 277271 and ask for the on-site Matron. They’re also experiencing high volumes of calls so keep holding and they will pick up, they are doing a great job answering calls from anxious relatives with loved ones in hospital.
And A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who has been working over the Christmas and New Year holidays. It’s been incredibly busy, and we absolutely appreciate the amazing job you’ve done in clinical and support roles. We know it’s been tough and challenging and your teamwork has been incredible”.
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